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Important Changes to the FCC Scottish Action Fund

18/03/2019

Since 2016 the FCC Scottish Action Fund has provided more than 100 projects with funding of over £4.9m. Projects have been funded across Scotland, from Reay near Thurso down to Penpont near Dumfries and include a scheme that creates new products from old plastic, building a Roman Fort themed play park, restoring peatland for butterflies and refurbishing a historic Mausoleum for future generations. We are proud of the funding we have been able to provide to the amazing projects and groups across Scotland.

However, with the introduction of new waste technologies alongside the increase in recycling rates there is less waste going to landfill and our funding in Scotland has reduced accordingly.

For us to ensure the FCC Scottish Action Fund can continue to fund brilliant projects and remain a sustainable and cost effective funding programme we have taken a number of steps to reflect the reduction in future funds available as follows:

  • We will reduce the number of application rounds from four to two.
  • Our top grant under the FCC Scottish Action Fund will reduce from £100,000 to £40,000
  • The maximum total costs of a project will reduce from £500,000 to £250,000

The immediate impact of these changes are as follows:

  • The next funding round for the FCC Scottish Action Fund (2019-4) will open on 2 September 2019.
  • The deadline for submission of applications will be 27 November 2019.
  • Eligible applications submitted by the deadline will be considered by our Board on 4 March 2020

Thereafter we will operate two funding rounds per year for the FCC Scottish Action Fund with application deadlines in June and December. Confirmed dates for these rounds will be published in due course.

These changes do not apply retrospectively and will not affect applications already submitted, nor do they apply to the FCC Community Action Fund programme.

If anyone has any queries or questions, please contact us on 01953 717165.